Community Relations and Crime Prevention
Throughout the year, officers provide educational and safety presentations to community groups, local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, and preschool children. Officers also give presentations to local seniors about how to avoid scams, fraud, and identity theft.
The Police Department hosts a public relations booth during community events such as the Family Festival Fourth of July Event, National Night Out and the Truck & Tractor Night, and the Fall Festival & Business Showcase. Information about programs and services available to the community is offered at the booth, such as crime prevention and safety. It’s also a great opportunity to meet and talk with Aurora Police Officers. On Halloween, officers on patrol distribute safety glow necklaces to trick-or-treating children.
Each May, Portage County Safe Communities holds its annual kick-off event for the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign at the Aurora Farms Premium Outlets. Officers and volunteers from Aurora and other Portage County departments participate to help educate the public on the importance of wearing safety belts. Seat Belt Technicians from the Portage County Health Department and the Aurora Fire Department offer free child seat inspections.
Annually the "Saved by the Belt Award" is presented by local law enforcement to an individual who survived a crash by wearing their seat belt.
Traffic safety activities, K-9 demonstrations from local police departments, and a First Responder vehicle display rounded out the event.
In August, the Aurora Police Department is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over kick-off at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center. During the event, family members displayed portraits of loved ones who have lost their lives in alcohol related crashes. These portraits, along with the speakers who presented at the event, offered a clear message that driving sober matters and alcohol related crashes can destroy lives at every age. The speakers further stressed the importance of aggressive education and enforcement. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognized the efforts of local police departments, officers, troopers, and deputies for their efforts to reduce drunken driving in the county.
Throughout the year, Aurora Police Department teams up with the Portage County Safe Communities Coalition on different events and campaigns. Aurora businesses have helped by distributing awareness tags on their pizza boxes for the various campaigns.
Child ID and Fingerprint Program
This program is brought to our community to increase awareness about missing children and to educate families about steps they can take to help protect their children. Parents are provided with a free safety packet including safety tips and a place to record current vital statistics, keep a DNA sample and fingerprints from their child. Parents are further advised to keep the packet up to date with current statistical information and a recent photo. Child ID and Fingerprint Program packets are readily available as part of Aurora Kindergarten/Safety Town Registration and other community events.